The number of contract research organizations is not that large, but the few that are there are diverse and provide great support in the medical, biotechnological and pharmaceutical fields. Preclinical study design and the subsequent preclinical molecular imaging are some of the specializations these CRO’s (Contract research organizations) specialize in. Choosing a contract research organization to handle your needs can be quite an uphill task and calls for the consideration of a few key factors. Find below some complete guidelines to choosing the best contract research organization.
Because preclinical molecular imaging requires a lot of commitment from both parties and expertise on the side of the contract research organization, the first thing you have to do is to carry out some research. Read more about the choices you have that are close to you. Look at their portfolios and the accomplishments they have been able to achieve in preclinical study design to be able to weigh their preparedness to handle the tasks at hand.
Something else that needs to be considered are the charges that the contract research organization will charge for their services. Compare and contrast the quotations you get from the few shortlisted contract research organizations, so as to ensure you have landed one that is competent and is also reasonably priced.
Find out which kinds of projects the particular CRO has undertaken to ensure that that they can do what you want them to do. The longer the CRO has been in the market, the better they will be at what they do, therefore, consider their experience. Find out what kinds of trials they have done before and what their results were and if they have worked in your specific clinical industry. If the CRO is specialized in preclinical molecular imaging, the better for you.
The fact that these CROs do studies on products that might never enter the market means that there are very high business risks. The biggest risk is having these trials cancelled because of many different reasons. The only way you can avoid something like this from happening is by choosing a financially stable CRO. With enough resources, any kinds of uncertainties will be weathered.
A transparent CRO will do the trick especially when you need to know what the progress of the study is. If you would need to know how the study is going, the CRO should be able to let you in. You don’t want a CRO that will keep you in the dark. This is especially important so that you can justify why there is need to add resources.